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#16 Walkinman1 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 02, 2014 - 07:24 AM

I have a pneumatic, combination flange/punch tool that I use for stuff like this. It actually works really well. A true spot welder would probably be easier but the punched holes are an easy way to get similar results with cheaper tools. It makes a nice strong repair and I've found myself using that method more and more.
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Posted February 14, 2014 - 09:09 PM

Well progress has been painfully slow due to physical impairments (first the eye issue then what I believe to be a pinched nerve in my back), work and this white stuff that just keeps falling necessitating constant seat time (what a shame :D ) but I have gotten a tiny bit more done.

Here's the other side panel:
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It turned out to be in worse shape than the other side, some poorly executed patch panels, dents, creases, kinks and cracks. I had my work cut out for me.

Here's the backside of it, looking like a patchwork quilt after all the repairs:
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You can see the "hot spot" from where I had to shrink the metal after working out a big dent. My sheet metal skills still need a lot of work but this was a good learning piece...

Here's after a squirt of paint:
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It's not perfect but it was so glossy that it was hard to get a picture of without tons of glare so none of the imperfections show in the picture. Good 'nuff for a working tractor, she isn't a trailer queen and never will be :D
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Posted February 15, 2014 - 06:30 AM

Looks good. I used to have one of those punch tools. It would also make a drop flange to attach 2 parts together.


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Posted February 15, 2014 - 07:52 AM

Thanks Kenny, when I said mine would do flanges as well that's what I had in mind...guess I didn't explain it well enough lol but they sure are handy on thin metal!
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Posted February 16, 2014 - 11:58 AM

Lookin good!!!! :thumbs:  Now, why can't it just warm up here, and quit snowing already? My goodness!!!!

 

 I have some things I would like to do myself, but I guess I will just watch you for now LOL


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 06:01 PM

Well I had a little time to devote to projects today so here's the latest update...even though some of you may be getting tired of hearing every little thing I do to it :D I'm still learning and maybe this can help others in my position.

Started on the shifter gate panel:
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As you can see it was a little rough, bent, twisted, cracked and previously "repaired".

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After a quick trip through the blast cabinet and removing the old patch panels I welded up the cracks and massaged it back into shape.

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Had to make a piece to replace the slot that had broken off.

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All welded in.

That's basically it for now, I won't be painting it until I get the fender pan/seat base done.
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Posted February 16, 2014 - 07:41 PM

Tired? :thumbs:  This is GOOD entertainment!!!!!


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Posted February 16, 2014 - 10:13 PM

Better than new. Thanks for the step by step.
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